Lakes of the Clouds Trail

HARD 27 reviews

Lakes of the Clouds Trail is a 4.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Chandlers, New Hampshire that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
4.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2,388 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

Spectacular scenary, ravine climb The trail is generally level for the first 2 miles at which time you will arrive at the gem pool. The last mile is VERY steep. Only the last 3/10ths of a mile is very exposed to the wind but in inclement weather that can be too much! Please remember that this is not a good place to hike in the winter and that Mt Washington has claimed over 125 lives. If you must go, you must know what you are doing and how to save yourself.

hiking
1 month ago

Definitely leave time for hike to Lakes of the Clouds if taking the Auto Road to Mt Washington. Plan at least 2.5 hours and more if you want to relax by the lakes or at the hut. Hike back up not as hard as it seems. Steady as she goes.

1 month ago

Pretty cool. Seems easy at first then gets rough towards the end. We made it to the summit, which was nice because we were able to take the train down, we both had injuries haha. Overall good hike. Nothing beats the Northwest though!

hiking
2 months ago

Very cold and strong winds but the views are amazing!

hiking
8 months ago

Happy Labor Day! What a brisk 20 degrees!

backpacking
9 months ago

Yet another spectacular White Mountain, Presidential hike. Last hiked it in 1983 on a tour of the huts. Hiked up Ammonoosuc Ravine. Stayed at Lakes of the Clouds Hut. From there, went on Westside Trail to Mt. Clay, to Sphinx Trail, to Great Gulf Trail, to Lakes of the Clouds Hut, and back down the Ravine.

hiking
10 months ago

We drove the Autoroad then hiked down to the Lakes. Such a magical feel being at the summit amongst the clouds then to hike down through the clouds. Rocky hike down but not bad at all even with our dog.. even though she had to be carried over a few spots... Amazing & humbling views! Heading back up to the summit was a butt burner but felt great! & the kids felt pretty accomplished. Great way to stretch our legs before heading to Bar Harbor.

hiking
11 months ago

I drove up on the auto road and then hiked down to lakes of the clouds, although it was very rocky it was a pretty easy hike. It only took my friends and I an hour to get there and about an hour and 30 mins to hike back up. The views were incredible 10/10 would recommend

hiking
Saturday, December 24, 2016

The summit was covered in the clouds. The entire hike was in the clouds. Temperatures were cool, and my hair and clothes filtered the water from the clouds. A very unique hike. I hope to do it again some day.

Friday, October 14, 2016

Love this app

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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Great hike, even with a little one. First 2 miles were a breeze. After the pool it is a climb. Feels like you gain all 200ft in elevation in that last mile. Still a great climb and the hut is always fun.

hiking
Sunday, June 02, 2013

We hiked from the base station to the lakes in about two and a half hours, a very easy hike despite it being 84 degrees that day. Once we were nearing the tree line, there were large, slippery patches of snow and ice, which made the descent a bit difficult. Upon reaching the lakes, we still had plenty of time, and continued to the summit of Washington.
It was a very fun hike, and not incredibly difficult- the only bad part was the hot weather. There are several stream crossings and fabulous waterfalls.

hiking
Wednesday, June 01, 2011

The lakes sit about 1200 feet below Mt. Washington, the highest summit in the Northeast, and below the summit of Mt. Monroe. One can get a great views of the White Mountains and the Presidental Range from this spot. An AMC hut sits between the lakes to rest for an The lakes sit about 1200 feet below Mt. Washington. Advance reservations are preferred.

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